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Job Title: DIETETIC TECHNICIAN
Job Code: 4055
Job Level: C1
Revised Date: 09/01/2011
Supervisory Responsibility: No
General Description of the Job Class
Level I The diet technician is responsible for the preparation and delivery of all infant/pediatric formula. Preparation techniques must adhere to all sanitary regulations and standards established by regulating agencies and the health care facility, which should include compliance with policies related to the institution???s HACCP plan for enteral feedings. Duties include (1) maintaining adequate supplies that meet patient needs; (2) operating all equipment needed to prepare formula for pediatric patients; (3) maintaining sanitation in the preparation room; (4) filing temperature records and formula orders; (5) securing the formula room; and (6) assisting with the training of ancillary personnel, as necessary. The diet technician assists the clinical dietitian with nutrition screening, data collection/entry, coordination of patient diet needs with food service, and the provision of technical functions in the implementation of nutrition care.
Level II The dietetic technician, in addition to the responsibilities/duties of Level I, assists the clinical dietitian with direct clinical nutrition care in assigned inpatient and outpatient areas including family/patient diet education. Assumes leadership functions in the relationship with the department of Food Service and/or in the infant formula room.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
All work is performed under the supervision of a registered dietitian licensed in the state of North Carolina.
Prepares and delivers all infant/pediatric formula as ordered. Verifies new or questionable pediatric formula orders with a registered dietitian (RD) for accuracy. Utilizes standardized recipes or special recipes prepared by RD as needed. Prepares pediatric formula accurately according to established written formulations, following pre-established formula preparation procedures and adhering to quality control standards. Uses correct technique to measure powders and liquids. Stores prepared infant formula properly until delivery to the patient area. Delivers prepared infant formula to patient area refrigerators. Uses clinical information system to update patient formula orders and to create/print labels and production lists. Completes daily batch records for prepared formulas. Maintains a daily log of refrigeration and freezer temperatures in the formula room. Removes unused, previously prepared formula from unit refrigerators and discards according to established protocol. Inventories and maintains sufficient pediatric formula lab stock. Completes daily tally or census sheets indicating formulas prepared. Prepares storeroom or purchasing requisition for all infant formula, glassware, bottles, and other supplies, as needed to maintain adequate supply levels. Orders products and supplies and notifies supervisor of any shortages. Orders pediatric formulas from materials management department and/or notifies administrative assistant and/or supervisor to order from an approved and reliable vendor. Checks expiration dates on products (returns short-date formula deliveries). Follows procedures for formula recalls at the direction of the supervisor. Maintains sanitation in preparation area. Cleans and sanitizes all work surfaces in the pediatric formula preparation room before and after each formula preparation per protocol. Cleans utensils, equipment, and storage areas used in the pediatric formula preparation room according to established procedures. Follows aseptic technique. Follows department and infection control policies regarding formula handling. Maintains daily appearance according to departmental guidelines. Checks equipment for proper operation and reports problems to the appropriate supervisor. Assists in training other employees in pediatric formula preparation and proper handling techniques, as needed. Communicates with patient care units regarding problems with formula orders, storage, or administration. Prepares monthly quality assurance report, production summaries, and stock invoices. Screens patients admitted to assigned units to determine nutrition risk. Identifies patients at high nutrition risk and refers them to the clinical dietitian as appropriate. Follows outlined nutrition screening guidelines and documents according to policy. Monitors nutritional status of patients who are NPO, according to policy. Records nutrient intake data and completes summary, according to policy. Records laboratory data, patient weight, and other data as requested by supervising clinical dietitian. Coordinates patient food service needs with food service associates and/or supervisors as needed. Provides administrative support for assigned team and department as requested. Creates an annual professional development plan in consultation with department leadership. Adheres to time and attendance policies. Uses time effectively; works well under pressure. Participates in improving work processes and facilitating change. Follows department/institutional safety standards. Works collaboratively with colleagues in clinical service unit teams and across the health system. Demonstrates concern and courtesy; treats all with dignity. Performs additional duties as assigned.
Level II Performs all duties of Level I Documents patient plan of care and education provided according to policy. Counsels patients and/or families about therapeutic diets. (e.g. but not limited to no concentrated sweets, low sodium, diet after ostomy, high protein/calorie, step I AHA)) Develops/updates education materials as needed. Participates in department and/or hospital/health system councils/committees with approval of department head. Assists in the education of students and interns and helps orient new employees.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Level I Two years of education beyond high school graduation or two years of relevant experience in a hospital setting. Associates Degree in a biological science preferred.
Level II Associate???s degree from a dietetic technician registered program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education of the American Dietetic Association. 450 hours clinical experience or completion of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university, or foreign equivalent, and completion of a Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education Didactic Program in Dietetics or Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP).
Level I One year working in hospital setting, preferably in food and nutrition services role in addition to education and/or experience above.
Level II Two years of clinical experience preferred or combination of experience and/or education.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
Level I None required.
Level II Registration (DTR) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Level I Knowledge of and familiarity with The American Dietetic Association Guidelines for the preparation of formula. Closely follow policies and procedures. Ability to work independently, with limited direct daily supervision. Work in close collaboration with pediatric dietitians.
Level II Same as level I plus demonstrated ability to successfully work with individuals of varying personalities to meet common goals (including professional staff). Basic knowledge of disease processes and nutrition care for patients in designated area. Ability to counsel patients and/or families about therapeutic/modified diets.
Knowledge of the food service department method of operation and familiarity with its leadership
Knowledge of and familiarity with The American Dietetic Association Guidelines for the preparation of formula
Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
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